Washington: The number of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones are expected to jump dramatically over a period of the next five years, said the US Federal Aviation Agency (FAA).
This increase comes right after the Obama administration implemented new rules in 2016 which allowed the low-level drones for education, research as well as for routine commercial use to enjoy their flight time in the air without any restrictions. These opened skies for low leveled drones can be the main cause of this dramatic jump. Policymakers are still very confused; they are still debating on whether to allow a sweeping expansion in the use of drones for activities such as deliveries where aircraft would be flying beyond the sight of an operator.
The Federal Aviation Authority has said that it estimates that the fleet of small drones flown for the purpose of the hobby will increase up to a tripled amount. It is most likely to change from an estimated 1.1 million vehicles in 2016 to more than 3.5 million by 2021. The agency has also estimated that the commercial drone fleet will grow from 42,000 at the end of 2016 to about 442,000 aircraft by the year 2021. The aviation safety agency reported that there could be as many as 1.6 million commercial drones within the use by the year 2021.
The Federal Aviation authority said that the key difference in its estimates of commercial drone growth depends on “how quickly the regulatory environment will be evolving, enabling more widespread routine uses of (drones) for commercial purposes.”
The FAA has also predicted that the number of pilots of drones is expected to increase from a total number of 20,000 in 2016 to about 10 or even 20 times as many by 2021.
Since August last year, the FAA approved for more than 300 waivers for the use of drone without any restrictions; the waivers also include Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railway Co which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Walt Disney Parks as well as Resorts, Intel Corp, CNN units, Warner’s and HBO.
The Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, this month, told the firefighters in a speech that “while drones have much potentials to assist responders, they can also create a problem if not carefully monitored.”
Current drone regulations require a certified pilot to fly the drone. It also requires you to stand ready to intervene in any commercial drone flight and also be able to keep a view of the aircraft and make sure your drone is in your sight.
We recommend you go over the FAA rules and regulations before purchasing a drone since it will help a lot and save you from extra trouble worst case, even going to jail. Drones may be fun to fly, but they also pose a threat to society which is why experienced pilots must only take it up in the air who have an idea of what they are doing.